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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Reading and the Brain

DateThursday, January 25th, 2018 to Friday, April 20th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1120
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course DescriptionHumans are not hard-wired for reading, and yet, most young children learn how to read, at least at a basic level, by first grade. How does our primate brain learn how to read using preexisting neural circuitry and what happens when the reading process goes awry? This interactive course is designed for any educator who wishes to learn about the neuroscience of reading and how research and knowledge of the English language improve classroom instruction. Course participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of phonological awareness, phonology, reading and spelling development, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and written expression. Participants will leave with practical strategies they can immediately implement with their students. Teachers working toward their Orton-Gillingham Certified Level will obtain 37 coursework hours. Examples of topics covered in the course:
  • Neuroscience of reading and dyslexia
  • Analysis of neuromyths
  • Progression of phonological awareness and its role in reading development
  • Common consonant and vowel phonological confusions and their impact on reading and spelling
  • Stages of reading and spelling development
  • Strategies to build reading fluency
  • Multisensory grammar instruction
  • Robust vocabulary instruction
  • Understanding and improving reading comprehension
Tiers I, II, and III. Three graduate credits through Castleton University are optional for an additional $570.

Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE

Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center

Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE is the Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont. Price provides training at the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified levels in addition to a broad array of OG workshops and webinars. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked in the field of special education since 2002 in public and private school settings.

Required MaterialsPlease see course description for required readings.
AudienceReading specialists, special educators, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and tutors
Grade LevelK - 12
Additional Information

Participants seeking Orton-Gillingham (OG) Certified Level training should already be certified at the Associate Level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Please contact the instructor with questions about OG Certified Level training.

Three graduate credits through Castleton University are optional for an additional $570.

This course will occur from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018

Required reading if taking the course for graduate credit: “Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading” by Moats, Dakin, & Joshi

You will need to purchase this book on your own for $23: https://dyslexiaida.org/product/expert-perspectives-on-interventions-for-reading

Click here to register.

Please have a credit card ready to use or a copy of your PO ready to upload when you register.


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